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Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Creamery
By: Bob Banks When: Mar 26, 2014

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Comments: I dunno about that Shore.

You're at the Fiesta 5 with 12 dollars in your pocket. There are two movies showing, both starring Halle Berry and Charlize Theron. One is called Scorpion, the other is The Creamery.

I know which one I'm buying popcorn for.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Upper Foothill (The Hideout... : Biome (5.10c R) : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Feb 26, 2014

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Comments: Game on. Example: The Mandala was rapped down and cleaned (by someone else) prior to Sharma's FA.

And listen, my opinion don't mean shit. I'm just some dude that barely climbs anymore trying to keep the lingo straight. If I were you no way would I balk at rappel cleaning a route on the crappy rock we have around here. And I sure as hell wouldn't trust someone else to do it for me either.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Upper Foothill (The Hideout... : Biome (5.10c R) : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Feb 26, 2014

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Comments: To me (and a lot of people) the term “ground-up” is you start at the bottom and what’s above is unknown and you deal with it, therein the adventure lies. Hell, it might not even be possible to get to the top. Rapping the route for any reason immediately eliminates that sense of adventure, the unknown becomes known. Bachar (one of my heroes), among others, personified this for ground-up climbing. I’d wager that Reese would backpedal a bit on his statement if he could.

Again, I wasn’t trying to h... more >>


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Upper Foothill (The Hideout... : Biome (5.10c R) : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Feb 22, 2014

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Comments: I'm only mentioning this because you made note of it (and seriously I'm not trying to be a dick), but you either do a climb ground up or you don't. Rapping down to 'clean' it is pre-inspecting the route. You can't have it both ways.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : West Nile Boulder (aka The ... : West Nile (aka The Warmup) (V3+)
By: Bob Banks When: Feb 22, 2014

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Comments: Yup, remember those guys calling it West Nile Boulder. Also, I remember Robbie doing a hard line on this (or maybe it was Al??....Neil would know).


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Brickyard : ... : Jabberwocky (V2+)
By: Bob Banks When: Jan 6, 2014

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Comments: This problem is called Paradise Lost V2.

Ocean's 11, Page 43, Problem 55.

Offwidth to the right is Gluttony, a 15' miserable slog-fest worth doing if only for the misery of it.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Creamery : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Nov 30, 2013

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Comments: Awesome.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Nov 30, 2013

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Comments: Cool shot. You missed the pocket though.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Creamery : ... : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Nov 18, 2013

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Comments: Nice coffee setup.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain : ... : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Nov 12, 2013

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Comments: Perhaps you've not heard the oft repeated axiom that everything sounds better in French.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain : ... : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Nov 9, 2013

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Comments: Umm, yeah, Gardez' leau is one of the coolest lines on Enlightenment Ridge.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain : ... : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Oct 25, 2013

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Comments: I've not seen anyplace else that gets such a crazy evening "red glow" like Pine Mountain in the fall. Awesome. Miss this place just for that.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain : ... : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Oct 25, 2013

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Comments: Yes. This is The Choadler. Great problem. Has it gotten harder...I remember it as V4-ish?


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain : ... : Burn Off (V4)
By: Bob Banks When: Oct 2, 2013

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Comments: I always loved this problem.

It's a little devious with the heel hook, but the slopers get MUCH easier if it's cold out. Decently difficult regardless.

Fairly certain the FA was Steve Edwards, since I think I was there, but he'd have to confirm that one.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain
By: Bob Banks When: Oct 2, 2013

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Comments: google.com


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Brickyard : ... : South Street (V4)
By: Bob Banks When: Oct 2, 2013

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Comments: That jug was always off for South Street. You could cheat out to it for a foot up higher, but if you're using it for a handhold, then you're not even close to the start of the problem.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Owl Tor
By: Bob Banks When: Oct 2, 2013

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Comments: Vintage footage of The Owl Tor and The Castle on ESPN.

Featuring:
"Hollywood" Hans Florine (so cool he gets his nickname in FRONT of his real name) on The Natural and Chips Ahoy
Phil "Bambino" Requist on Strictly Ballroom

Unfortunately I can't be there for the first Owltoberfest, but this is my contribution.

Hans Florine at Owl Tor and The Castle - ESPN 1995
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Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Brickyard : Jah Hole
By: Bob Banks When: Aug 9, 2013

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Comments: Love the beer and burrito recs. Nice Will!


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Owl Tor : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Aug 7, 2013

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Comments: I can't believe I never thought of this.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 33/Ojai : Hwy 33/Ojai Bouldering : Pine Mountain
By: Bob Banks When: Aug 4, 2013

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Comments: Still closed. I heard it was opening up in a couple weeks. If they've done as much work to the road as the time it's taken to do it, you should be able to creep through in a lowered El Camino.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Santa Barbara : * Santa Barbara Bouldering : The Brickyard : ... : Deep Search (V6)
By: Bob Banks When: Jul 16, 2013

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Comments: I think your new nickname should be Will aka Barnes.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Mr. Lees Greater Hong Kong : Hardboiled (5.13b)
By: Bob Banks When: Jul 4, 2013

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Comments: Textbook redpoint failure:

Hard Boiled - 5.13b - Redpoint Failure
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Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Owl Tor : The Power Of Eating (a.k.a.... (5.11d) : Photo
By: Bob Banks When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: How civilised. Nice job Andy.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Mr. Lees Greater Hong Kong : Pork Chop Express (5.12c)
By: Bob Banks When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: The only redeeming quality of this route is that you get to finish on Drunken Master. This route and The Natural compete for my least favorite routes in Santa Maria.


Location: CA : Central Coast : Hwy 166/Silly Rock : Mr. Lees Greater Hong Kong : Hardboiled (5.13b)
By: Bob Banks When: Jul 1, 2013

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Comments: "Not a masterpiece." - Chris "Normal Guy" Leube (after falling off it for the umpteenth time).


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